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Thursday, January 4, 2007

A man who epitomized 'honorable'

WATERTOWN

‘‘If anybody epitomized the term ‘honorable,’ it was Fred,’’ said Watertown Town Council president Clyde L. Younger.

Frederick Pugliese, a longtime fixture on the Watertown political scene, died suddenly Tuesday night. He was 50.

A wake will be held 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Patrick Church.

‘‘Fred was a man of his word. He looked at every issue thoroughly, did his homework, and voted his conscience, even if it wasn’t popular,’’ said Thomas ‘‘Gus’’ Bailey, a friend and former council colleague.

Mr. Pugliese served on the Town Council from 1998 through 2005. Previously he worked for Watertown as town clerk and assistant to the town manager.

Mr. Pugliese leaves his wife, Julie A. M. Ahern, an attorney; and son, Frederick Julian; a sister, Patricia Abramson of Wayland; and Anne Pugliese of Watertown.

-- Christina Pazzanese

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